Hey everyone! I'm a junior International Studies major at Boston College, and I couldn't be more excited to return to the Boston Marathon for the second year in a row as part of the Samaritans team. Below is some information about me and the cause my teammates and I are running for. Thanks for visiting my page! I'll assume you came here on purpose.
I've been running since my junior year of high school, when a broken foot forced me to realize that I didn't want to be a swimmer anymore. I had an amazing experience with the sport in my 2 years of cross country & track. But once I came to BC, all I was able to manage was some intermittent running on my own. I had once wanted to continue intense solo training and tackle a marathon. As I progressed through college, though, it fell farther and farther down my list of priorities.
Around this time, Samaritans came into my life. I started volunteering in the phone room in February 2016. By the fall of that year, I'd joined BC's 4Boston service group, and continued my involvement with the organization by giving a BC Talk on campus about my experiences on the hotline. Since beginning as a volunteer, Samaritans has truly changed my outlook on the world––it has challenged me to show empathy in a radical, difficult way I'd never encountered before, and has made me passionate about suicide prevention. Although I haven't personally struggled with suicidal thoughts, close friends throughout my life have confided in me about their own battles with depression and suicidality. I've become all too aware that people in every facet of our lives feel unable to open up to their loved ones about these issues.
Because of my strong belief in Samaritans' mission, I was overjoyed to find that they provided opportunities to run the Boston Marathon while raising money to support their organization and the cause of suicide prevention. I couldn't apply fast enough to join the 2017 team. The next six months took me on an adventure filled with cold, sweat, pain, joy, and the exhilaration of running in the world's greatest and most energetic marathon. However, due to the hot conditions on race day and my own poor planning, I passed out from dehydration at mile 21. It goes without saying that I was disappointed in myself and, for a time, embarrassed. But I had still raised $8,000 for Samaritans in the process. There was no question in my mind that it had been worth it. And as soon as I recovered, I knew I had to return next year.
That's what brings me to this year... the 2018 Samaritans Boston Marathon team. I will be running on April 16 alongside a group of amazing individuals who have all been touched by Samaritans in some way. I've raised my goal by $1,500 from last year to reflect my renewed commitment to Samaritans' mission. They're more than just a suicide hotline: other services include community outreach and SafePlace meetings for survivors.
But this year is a little different––this time, it's personal. I have some unfinished business with the marathon. I intend to one-up my 2017 self in fundraising, training, AND race pace and performance. Not to mention crossing the finish line. So with that, I ask that you consider making a donation towards my goal. It doesn't matter how big. If less than 360 people donated $25, I would beat my target within a week! All proceeds go towards Samaritans, Inc. (and my own comeback quest).
Thanks for your time, and I hope you'll consider giving! I'll see everyone on the sidelines in April!